An American cardiologist is contending that Abraham Lincoln was suffering from a genetic disorder and would have died from cancer within a year had he not been assassinated. John Sotos says that Lincoln had multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 2B, which would explain his tallness, the lumps on his face and his well-known gastrointestinal problems. He wants to test the pillow on which Lincoln’s head rested after he was shot, which is preserved in a Philadelphia museum. There are blood stains on it and a DNA test would reveal the truth about whether Lincoln had the fatal disorder.
Abraham Lincoln's terminal illness
New theory suggests that had an assassin's bullet not stopped him, the U.S. Civil War president would have perished within a year anyway
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